Tamil Nadu

On SSI murder trail, NIA conducts searches in T.N.

The NIA investigators gathering information during the search in the house of Mohideen Fatima in Kaayalpattinam in thoothukudi district on Monday.

The NIA investigators gathering information during the search in the house of Mohideen Fatima in Kaayalpattinam in thoothukudi district on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the murder of Special Sub-Inspector of Police Y. Wilson at Kaliyakkavilai check-post on January 8 and other cases, conducted simultaneous searches across the State on the premises of suspects early on Monday.

The focus of the investigation was to find out how the suspects already arrested or those on the run managed to procure SIM cards. It is suspected that retailers helped them in activating the SIM cards on the basis of documents provided by other customers.

In Cuddalore, police sources said a team searched the residence of Kaja Moideen, prime accused in the murder of Hindu Munnani leader K.P.S. Suresh Kumar in 2014. Moideen had skipped trial in the murder case in December and disappeared from the police radar. He was accused of planning a terror strike in Delhi and was arrested by the police in January.

The team conducted searches at the houses of Moideen’s family members at Kollumedu in Kattumannarkovil and Block 7 in Neyveli and reportedly seized a laptop and cell phones. The team also conducted searches at the residence of Moideen’s associates Jaffar Ali in Pattambakkam and Abdul Samad in Parangipettai for their alleged role in the murder of SSI Wilson.

In Salem, searches were conducted at the residence and shop run by an accused, Abdul Rahman, in Mohamed Pura, police sources said. Rahman was arrested recently on charges of providing SIM cards to those involved with a terror module. Rahman’s relatives said that the police took away an old passport, a few publications and photocopies of ID proof submitted by customers for getting SIM cards.

NIA sources said that in Thoothukudi searches were conducted at a house in Kaayalpattinam near Tiruchendur in connection with Wilson’s murder. A mobile phone and some documents were seized.

Since the accused in the murder of Wilson, Abdul Shameem of Thiruvithancode and Thoufiq of Elankadai near Nagercoil, reportedly visited the house of one Syed Ali Nawaz, who is in jail in connection with the murder of the Hindu Munnani leader, at Kaayalpattinam before gunning down the police officer, his house was searched.

The NIA team, led by Sub-Inspector of Police Sivakumar, searched for evidence Nawaz’s house in the presence of his second wife Mohideen Fatima, and seized a mobile phone without a SIM card from her. The team also questioned her about calls she had made to a few numbers.

“The NIA team suspects that Thoufiq and five others came to the house of Syed Ali Nawaz on December 11. Hence, the investigators want to know the purpose behind their visit and also about the persons who accompanied Thoufiq,” the police said.

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